Hastings Pier & the HICC

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Stewart Reuben writes about the significance to the congress of the Hastings Pier –

The pier burnt down on Tuesday 5 October 2010. Many players will remember that the ballroom on the pier is where the Hastings International Chess Congress took place for some years. It was a large hall, but not ideal. It swayed underfoot depending on the tides.

The congress then spent time at the YMCA, while the present-daycongress is held at the Horntye Park Sports Centre which is unquestionably the best regular venue for a chess event in Britain.

Still, one breathes a nostalgic sigh for the pier …

The Hastings Pier & White Rock Trust
| Pier history | BBC coverage of the fire | Hastings Pier at the Hastings Chronicle